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Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

What Is Shingles? Shingles is a very painful disease caused by the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox (varicella zoster virus). Like other herpes viruses, the varicella-zoster virus has an initial infectious stage, (chicken pox) followed by a dormant stage. Then, with no warning, the virus becomes active again. About 20% of people who have had chicken pox will eventually develop shingles. This reactivation of the virus is most likely to...
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How can you tell when Shingles are spreading to the internal organs?

I have numerous articles about herpes zoster which mention that in people whose immune systems are extremely weakened, the shingles virus can spread to the internal organs and affect the lungs, central nervous system and the brain, sometimes causing...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus, a virus in the herpes family. The initial exposure to the virus is usually as a result of cickenpox in childhood. The virus then survives in nerve cells for the rest of your life. At various times... Read more »

Anemia, Fatigue & Shingles

First, thanks for the great services you guys offer on this website.I have been hiv +-tive for not less then 10 years...This is beacuse I have been in a monogamous relationship with my hubby since 1992 and he tested negative. My lab results (October...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,1. Could you be a long-term non-progressor? Perhaps. The only way to know is to follow your lab tests for a "long term." Right now, your counts look quite good! Let's hope they stay that way!2. Anemia in the setting of HIV disease... Read more »

Shingles=HIV ? (SHINGLES, 2009)

Hi,i'm 24 and was diagnosed w/ shingles after I developed a small circular rash on my shoulder. I got tested for HIV the same day but I feel like these are longest 2 weeks of my life. I haven't been sick nor have I had any abnormal female...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Does a routine case of shingles mean HIV??? No. A routine case of shingles means a routine case of shingles and nothing more. See below.Dr. Bobplease dr bob.. 3rd time askin.. am i still freakin or hiv? (SHINGLES)Feb 20, 2008 dr bob.. i have... Read more »

Shingles Starting Treatment & Queen Issues (SHINGLES AND HIV, 2009) (WHEN TO START ANTIRETROVIRAL TREATMENT, 2009)

Hi Dr Bob, Three weeks ago I came down with Shingles. A small patch on the back of my neck and a little across my chest all on the left side. I went to my local GP and he gave me Valtrex ( the 7 day shingle pack)Since then the pain has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
G'day Aussie Drew,Relax mate! Approximately 95% of healthy adults are seropositive for varicella zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes shingles. Of this 95%, about 5% of healthy adults develop zoster (shingles). The risk for those of us... Read more »
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Shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello,

About 6 months ago I had protected vaginal sex with a married man.....but unprotected oral (stupid!) sex. The man said he was tested for HIV as part of his invitro fertilization procedure for his wife. (Obviously I knew nothing of this at... Read more »

Can I get Shingles from another Poz guy if I had ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can I get shingles from another poz person even if I already had them myself in the past??? Read more »

My sister is HIV+ and has shingles

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I was just wondering if anyone had experience with HIV and shingles. She's been fighting the shingles now for about 5 months and they'll just start to go away and then come back again. She was very thin for a while, but looked really good and had... Read more »

shingles?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
i had a sexual encounter yesterday with a guy who appeared to have shingles. when i asked him he said it was eczema, which i did not argue, but while changing him in sexual positions i did noticed that the shingles were in his ankles, and other body... Read more »